JAPAN: COURTS AND CULTURE
The Japan exhibition takes place at Buckingham Palace until 31 December 2022. The Royal Collection contains some of the finest Japanese works of art in the Western world. The exhibition shines a light on the diplomatic, cultural and artistic exchanges between Britain and Japan. Highlights include rare porcelain, armour and embroidered screens, as well as Japanese lacquer. It also explores the history of relations between Britain and Japan. Whilst first contact between the two nations occurred in the early 17th Century, from the 1630s Japan was closed to the West for some 220 years. Since the reopening of Japan to the West in the 1850s, visits by members of the British Royal Family have seen the exchange of many gifts. This includes a cosmetic box decorated with a heron by the great lacquer artist Shirayama Shōsai, sent to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her coronation.
The exhibition takes place in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and is included as part of a regular admissions ticket.